Demarcating Sentences: cotton-top tamarin
The Grammar Bit!
Read the scintillating sentences opposite. They show the four main types of sentences and the punctuation used to complete them.
- A statement gives information and normally finishes with a full stop.
- A question is often a request for information and always finishes with a question mark.
- A command tells someone to do something and finishes with either a full stop or an exclamation mark.
- An exclamation expresses a strong emotion or a surprise and always finishes with an exclamation mark.
In every type of sentence, a capital letter is used to start the first word.
With your talk partner, read the sentences opposite again and agree on their sentence type.
1) What can be done to stop the destruction of the rainforest?
2) What an unusual-looking primate!
3) Stop burning the rainforest!
4) Cotton-top tamarins are so named because of the shock of white hair encircling their heads.
Did you know?
When a cotton-top tamarin is feeling frightened or excited, the plume of white fur on its head becomes raised in an effort to make it look bigger and more impressive.